Just two games involving Division I teams from Maryland, Virginia and the District on Thursday ...
Patrick Holloway, George Mason
The freshman reached double figures in scoring for the first time since a Dec. 2 loss to Maryland, collecting a game-high 15 points as the Patriots blasted Old Dominion 71-46.
Say this for Holloway: He isn't afraid to shoot. He was 6 of 10 from the floor, and provided enough of a spark to prompt coach Paul Hewitt to leave him in with two fouls.
Holloway logged a career-best 23 minutes ... and this was just a week after he played three minutes in a loss to Northeastern. For a team that's had trouble scoring for much of the season, Holloway is a potentially vital figure. This might be the start of an expanded role for him.
Mount St. Mary's
The Mountaineers fell 70-56 at St. Francis (N.Y.), the first of a telling two-game swing through Brooklyn. The Mount dropped to 6-8, 1-2 in the NEC.
It's not hard to ID the Mountaineers' biggest problem. Opponents are shooting 55.6 percent from the floor against them. Sure, the likes of Pittsburgh, Indiana and even Georgetown were going to exploit the high risk/high reward nature of the Mount's Mayhem defense.
However, when the Terriers (6-8, 2-1) are shooting 51 percent --- and committing "only" 16 turnovers" --- there are going to be problems.
The Mount's a fun bunch to watch, and it will get its share of victories as Jamion Christian continues to grow the program. But the onus will be on its offense to become more efficient on the nights its hectic defense gives up more open looks than it can create going the other way.
NUMBER OF NOTE, PART I
Losses for Old Dominion, matching its total from all of last season. The Monarchs are 2-14 and, at 0-4 in the CAA, are just one setback shy of their number of conference losses for all of last season.
NUMBER OF NOTE, PART II
Percent shooting for Old Dominion, the worst single-game figure in school history. The old mark was 26.2 percent against UNC Wilmington in 1996.
ON TAP FRIDAY
On a fairly quiet night nationally (just seven Division I games), there's an interesting bit of #MAACFriday action. Loyola (11-5, 3-1) plays host to Fairfield (10-6, 2-2) at 7 p.m. at Reitz Arena.
--- Patrick Stevens